Currently in Denver— May 5th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Sunny and 60s for Thursday, May 5th

Our week of wet weather is coming to an end! We now move to drier conditions and slightly warmer temperatures. A region of high pressure will move in for the end of the work week, bringing with it slightly warmer air from the desert southwest.

So, here’s what your Thursday looks like:

  1. Still a cold morning in the 30s and 40s.
  2. By the afternoon, temperatures in the 60s.
  3. Gets even warmer for Friday. 70s are on the way!

Also, for my fellow Mexicans, Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Megan Montero

What you need to know, currently.

Last Tuesday, the New York State Assembly passed a two year moratorium on “proof-of-work” bitcoin mining that uses fossil fuels. Should the bill pass the State Senate and gain approval from Governor Hochul, it would be the most ambitious step to curb crypto-mining in the country.

A crypto mining outfit called Greenidge Generation, which operates out of a shuttered coal plant in Dresden, NY, has become a particular flashpoint. The coal plant was converted to burn natural gas and sits on the shore of Seneca Lake. It uses millions of gallons of water for cooling; when that water is released back into the lake it’s significantly warmer, which can drastically affect plants and wildlife.

“When we first moved here, you would see all manner of species and species and numbers of fish off the end of our dock, and we don’t see that anymore,” Ken Campbell, a retired sociology and psychology teacher, told Gothamist.

Crypto mining companies are fairly vampiric and thus have been particularly attracted to upstate New York, which has an abundance of decaying infrastructure and tax breaks designed to lure industry back to the Rust Belt. The city of Plattsburgh briefly imposed a moratorium after crypto mining stressed the city’s energy infrastructure.

“I’m pro-economic development,” Colin Read, a professor of economics and finance at SUNY Plattsburgh told MIT Technology Review, “but the biggest mine operation has fewer jobs than a new McDonald’s.”

Rebecca McCarthy